ZINE REVIEW #24 « The Flop Box


Martha Cooper

When I suggested making a zine instead of a book, Martha Cooper agreed without hesitation. Martha was in South Africa taking photographs and spent some time in the culturally rich neighborhood of Soweto, a township outside of Johannesburg. She recognized the correlations between Soweto and a neighborhood in her hometown of Baltimore named Sowebo. The similarity in names is no coincidence. Sowebo was nicknamed after Soweto over 30 years ago due to its desolate appearance and the name has stuck ever since. The photographs in “Soweto/Sowebo” present documentation of how opposite sides of the planet can have notably comparable landscapes, recreational activities, and obstacles, among other resemblances.

January 15, 2013